Amini Silatolu - #66 - Guard - 6'4" - 315lbs
News: Silatolu (knee) is 100 percent healthy entering training camp, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Silatolu's surgically repaired right knee is now fully healthy following an ACL tear four games into last season. The 2012 second-rounder impressed during his rookie season and is now expected to start at either of Carolina's guard positions in his third professional campaign.
Tre Boston - #33 - Safety - 6'1" - 205lbs
News: Boston will begin Panthers training camp on the PUP list following offseason hernia surgery, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Boston was taken in the fourth round of this year's draft after a productive college career at nearby North Carolina. The rookie is expected to back-up Thomas DeCoud at free safety this season and contribute on special teams as well.
Charles Godfrey - #30 - Cornerback - 5'11" - 210lbs
News: Godfrey (Achilles) says he's "full go" for the beginning of training camp, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Godfrey tore his Achilles in Week 2 of last season, so he's had plenty of time to recover following surgery last fall. However, while Godfrey was injured, other options emerged at safety for the Panthers, who also signed veteran Thomas DeCoud this offseason. As a result, Godfrey's position has been switched from free safety to cornerback for the upcoming campaign. The seven-year pro played cornerback in college and has the size to play out wide, while featuring the playmaking ability to play the nickel position as well.
Billy Boyko - #46 - Linebacker - 6'2" - 235lbs
News: Carolina waived Boyko and center Jared Wheeler.
Impact: The moves were done in order to make room for the signings of guard Fernando Velasco and center Kevin Matthews.
Kevin Matthews - Center - 6'3" - 302lbs
News: The Panthers have announced they have signed guard Fernando Velasco and Matthews, giving Carolina some experienced depth on the offensive line heading into training camp.
Impact: Matthews is the son of Hall of Fame guard Bruce Matthews. He played in 14 games in 2012 but was cut last year in training camp by Washington.
Fernando Velasco - Guard - 6'4" - 308lbs
News: The Panthers have signed Velasco and center Kevin Matthews, giving them some experienced depth on the offensive line.
Impact: Velasco has NFL experience, starting 11 games at center for Pittsburgh last season before suffering an Achilles injury. Velasco signed with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted rookie and spent his first two season on the practice squad. He moved into a starting role in 2012, starting 13 games at center and three at guard.
Jonathan Stewart - #28 - Running back - 5'10" - 235lbs
News: Stewart, who is dealing with pulled hamstring, should be back in 1-2 weeks, according to GM Dave Gettleman, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: While the issue isn't serious enough to keep Stewart off the Panthers' active roster to start training camp, it's a less than optimal development for the running back -- who is no stranger to injuries -- in his quest to re-establish a role in the Carolina backfield, in tandem with teammate DeAngelo Williams.
News: GM Dave Gettleman said that Newton -- who underwent surgery on Mar. 19 to tighten ligaments in his left ankle -- has been cleared to practice in training camp.
Impact: Meanwhile, coach Ron Rivera expects Newton to participate fully in practice as training camp progresses, unless the QB suffers any setbacks. Now that he has been cleared, Newton will have a chance to build chemistry with the team's revamped receiving corps, which now features the likes of Jerricho Cotchery, Jason Avant, Tiquan Underwood and first-rounder Kelvin Benjamin.
Kevin Matthews - Center - 6'3" - 302lbs
News: Matthews has signed with the Panthers, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Matthews, who spent the 2013 season on the Tennessee and Washington practice squads, will provide added depth to the Panthers' offensive line.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hardy, who last week appealed a guilty verdict for assaulting a female and communicating threats, may avoid being suspended this season, since his pending jury trial is likely to occur after the upcoming campaign, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Hardy's potential suspension could be delayed because the league office typically allows the legal process to play out before imposing player discipline. As such, if his pending jury trial is indeed scheduled for after the season is over, the Panthers defensive end may avoid any punishment until next year. If that proves true, Hardy's IDP stock would benefit from a full season, although it's unclear if the attention from his off-field troubles could impact his on-field production.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Newton (ankle) was limited in his mobility, while participating in throwing sessions with Panthers receivers last week, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Newton got together with his entirely new group of pass catchers to build familiarity before training camp, but still experienced certain limitations stemming from his ankle surgery in March. Although Newton missed virtually all of Carolina's offseason activities, he remains on schedule in his recovery, so it's not surprising he's still shy of a 100 percent bill of health. Nonetheless, it's encouraging to see Newton organizing with the Panthers' revamped receivers to quickly build chemistry and make up for lost reps earlier this summer. Expect Newton to push his ankle more as training camp progresses, although his workload could be on the lighter side to get started.
Tue. July 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hardy was found guilty of assaulting a female and communicating threats on Tuesday, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Hardy's charges stem from a May 13 confrontation with his ex-girlfriend at his apartment. The woman accused Hardy of throwing her to the floor, strangling her, slamming her on a futon covered with guns, and threatening to shoot her because Hardy was upset over a short-term relationship she had with another man. Hardy, who was sentenced to 18 months probation and had a 60-day jail sentence suspended, ultimately appealed the verdict and will now be granted a jury trail. A date for that trial has not been set, but it appears Hardy faces an uphill legal battle. If his initial guilty ruling stands, Hardy can expect to be suspended by the league to begin this season. Coincidentally, Tuesday marked the Panthers' deadline to reach a long-term extension with Hardy, but unsurprisingly, amid Hardy's uncertain future in Carolina, no such agreement was made.
Tue. July 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hardy pleaded not guilty to charges of communicating threats and assaulting a female in court Tuesday morning, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Hardy was arrested in May after his ex-girlfriend accused him of throwing her to the floor, strangling her, slamming her on a futon covered with guns, and threatening to shoot her. Since the alleged incident, the woman in question has failed to attend both a protective order request hearing, as well as Tuesday's bench trial. Nonetheless, if Hardy is found guilty of both misdemeanor charges, he would have the right to appeal for a jury trial. If he's ultimately convicted, Hardy could face up to 60 days in jail.
Thu. July 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Newton (ankle) will meet with the Panthers' receiving corp for throwing sessions next week, USA Today reports.
Impact: Newton and his fellow Panthers quarterbacks will return to Charlotte to build chemistry with the team's revamped group of wide receivers before training camp begins on July 25. Since ankle surgery in March sidelined Newton for virtually all of Carolina's offseason activities, the two-time Pro-Bowler will aim to gain familiarity with veteran additions Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant, as well as burner Tiquan Underwood and rookie first-rounder Kelvin Benjamin through next week's throwing sessions. While Newton is still working his way back to full health, he apparently is far enough along to finally take aim at his new targets.